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Barium Swallow Test Procedure Side Effects, Prep, and Aftercare Topic Guide

Barium Swallow (Test Procedure) Barium Swallow (Test Procedure): A barium swallow is a test used to determine causes of painful or difficulty swallowing, and diseases such as GERD, hiatal hernia, ulcers, dysphagia, tumors, or polyps of the esophagus and stomach. Risks of barium swallow include an allergic reaction to the barium drink, constipation, or aspiration of barium into the windpipe.

The barium swallow procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

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